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Following her landslide 70-30 victory with 6,887 votes, Trustee Smith took her oath of office on May 12, 2021, and was quickly elected by her peers to serve as Board Secretary and then as Board Vice President.

Smith served on the Strategic Planning Committee alongside 55 community members and district staff. Following the adoption of the #DragonPromise2027 Strategic Plan, she currently serves on 4 Action Teams in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction, Special Programs, and Gifted and Talented Program.

She serves as a trustee ex-officio member of two Board Advisory Committees: the Policy Review Committee and the School Safety and Security Committee. She has previously served on the Budget & Finance Committee, the School Health Advisory Committee, and the District Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board Sub-Committee on Naming Facilities.


Highlights of Board Service

  • Board Officers travel to the State Capitol in Austin to lobby legislators regarding CISD legislative priorities and launch Take Action Dragons community engagement campaign (2023)

  • Carroll gets straight As from TEA for 2021-22 Accountability Ratings (2022)

  • Carroll wins 8th UIL Lone Star Cup (2022)

  • Board dedicates 95,000-square-foot Fine Arts Center at the Carroll Senior High School (2021)

  • Board dedicates 25,000 square-foot STEAM Center at the Carroll High School (2021)

  • Board participates in Hometown Hero Parade celebrating CISD Diving Alumna Hailey Hernandez '21 in the Tokyo Olympics (2021)

  • Board approves naming the CISD Aquatics Center the "Elise Cerami Aquatics Center" (dedication forthcoming in fall 2023)

  • Board approves naming the turf field at Dragon Stadium the "Bob Ledbetter Field" (dedication forthcoming in fall 2023)

Board Accomplishments

  • New 5-year Strategic Plan that aligns with our community's values, and the creation of Action Teams to implement yearly strategic action plans

  • New Policy Review Committee and new Board Advisory Committee structure and membership, each chaired by a community leader

  • New streamlined and legally compliant Student Code of Conduct and Handbook (forthcoming in 2023-24 school year)

  • New Policies: Instructional & Library materials; naming facilities; 90-day time limit on grievance resolution; no recording during district meetings without consent; opening enrollment to the children of Southlake First Responders and the City of Westlake; Level 1 Grievance administrator is the Director of Student Services; 75 days of operating expenditures in fund balance at all times

  • Special Programs: New Executive Director, restructured Special Programs Division, updated operating procedures, cameras in Special Education classrooms, new Special Education curriculum, and enhanced professional development plan

  • New strong leaders at the district and campus levels; new communications consulting firm; new Board counsel

  • Financial Improvements: Balanced budget, twice-lowered tax rate, reduction of costs associated with technology refreshes

  • Resolutions: (1) resolution calling on the State Comptroller and TEA to delineate how recapture funds (about $3 billion per year from around the State, including $34 million from CISD last year) are spent on wealth equalization; (2) resolution declaring the Board's intent to not renew our contract with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

  • Pay raises for teachers and staff plus retention incentive payments

  • Facilities/Property Updates: Aquatics Center facelift, HVAC and boiler system updates, refurbishing damaged high school competition gym floors, new scoreboard at Dragon Stadium, sale of Dove Road property, and resolution/guidelines to establish public/private partnerships for real property owned by CISD

  • Special Election: Ordered to fill Place 7 vacancy 

  • High School Courses Added: Practicum of Manufacturing, Business Law, Intro to Culinary Arts, Intro to Welding, Sports Medecine III, AP Capstone Research, audio-visual production, sports media, advanced journalism-newspaper, AP Pre-Calculus, Calculus C, practicum in business, culinary arts, unmanned aerial vehicles, and partner's PE. Removed Health requirement starting with Class of 2028. Eliminated Arena Scheduling for class selection process.

  • Athletics: UIL Water Polo added to Athletics program

  • School Safety: Chief Brandon of the Southlake Police Department and Dr. Tamy Smalskas engaged in extensive efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff: the Summer Safety Audit, Standard Response Protocol Training, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Training, Behavioral Threat Assessment Training, Technology Training on Safety Tools, and the development of the Emergency Operation Plan. Increased the number of SROs on our high school campuses.

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